Sunday, October 09, 2005

A contest for you, plus new project for SWTC finished

I finished my newest project for South West Trading, and while I can't show you the whole thing, I am going to show a closeup peek of the stitch pattern, just for Cathi, who is tempted to get some Karaoke (I say get it- I have used it thrice now and love it.)
Behold!


Edited to add: There is a picture of the whole purse up now at the SWTC blog.

Plus I am announcing a contest (my very first)!
At least where I live, summer has just now ended and it's time to pull out the cozy handknit socks. In honor of Socktoberfest (as Lauren is calling it) I have two lovely new balls of Fortissima Socka Disco (variegated denimy blues with silver sparkles) to send to one lucky blog reader. Just leave me a comment letting me know how much you love to knit socks and your email address. My charming daughter will pick the winner, and let me know if you'd also like 2 nearly complete but labelless balls of Opal too- I'll throw those in for the heck of it. Good luck!

Edited to add: Emma will randomly select the winner Tuesday 10/11 after school.

28 comments:

Lolly said...

FUN! A contest always gets things going :) Do I really need to explain how much I love to knit socks? Socktoberfest 2005 is proof enough!

I love the sock knitting process--it is so flexible. Make the cuff however long or short you want! Do a special heel. There is room for a lot of artistic license :)

yahaira said...

This should be interesting!

umm because it's another excuse to stash some yarn away! Its portable! You look like a pro if you are using dpns, magic loop, or two circs.

Susan said...

Amy!! So good to hear from you! I've used the yarn you gave me to make a hat and I finally decided to work on a hat for Boogie. We're getting a digital camera in the next week or so and I'll have pictures up super fast.

Okay, here's why I like knitting socks: I really struggle to knit them so I just love when I finish them! Also, they look cute on Boogie's feet!

Tracy said...

You get to play with just one or two balls of yarn, so there's never a boredom factor. You can make them as fancy or as plain as you like. Everybody needs a pair of socks sometime in their lives. They make fantastic gifts. For me they mean a soothing moment after a flurry of mind boggling knitting, be it lace, fairisle, whatever.

Sarah at Advancing the Plot said...

I have a thing for socks. Now I can choose what they look like! And I have popsicle toes in the winter.

Sorka said...

hmm.. I havn't ever knitted a pair for me! But of the two pairs I have knit so far I have to say they are fun! And pretty quick!
And I love it when my son asks if I am knitting him a little sock! (he thinks since I knit him one pair that everything I knit now is a pair of socks for him!

Kimberly said...

Oh a contest, and I'm a sucker for these! I love knitting socks because I have a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old and very little time. Because socks are so portable I can take them with me to the playground. Aren't we all mutlitasking?? I also have big ugly feet, so the best thing to remedy that are good-looking hand-knit socks!!

robin said...

yah! contests! i love knitting socks because they are so portable and I can knit on the bus, or in the car, or at the doctor's office, or, well... you get the picture :)

winnie said...

Oh socks.. I started knitting them just this summer and I think the best part about knitting socks is instant satisfaction. With variegated yarns, it's exciting to see where the next stripe will show up, and what kind of patterns will emerge. With solids, I love lace socks. Short rows? Love them. Socks are the ultimate in-between projects kinda project. And one can never have too many pairs of socks.

amylovie said...

Hi Amy,

Thank you for commenting on my blog. Any pointers with putting together my binder?

Yea! A contest! Hmmm...why do I like to knit socks? How about because I'm a glutton for punishment (I'm knitting a pair for my hubby right now, and he has REALLY big feet).

Amy

Denise said...

Contest?! Socks :) I am learning the short row heels right now. I have 3 pairs on the needles - all gifts for children I know. Easy to travel with and who doesn't love knitting in the round.

Lisa said...

Because you can splurge on sock yarn and it doesn't cost you your mortgage payment! I love that they're small and portable, too :)

lisayoud AT gmail DOT com

Anastacia said...

I love socks! That's why I started socks3kal, not to mention why I'm the mod for the socknittersSAM KAL!! LOL I love how handknitted socks are always uniquely MINE/ME.
I love how "mistakes" often turn out to be even more beautiful. I love the fact that socks are actually affordable - I have a tight yarn budget. I love the fact that I can dye up yarn for socks that no one else will have. I love the fact that I can afford to knit for a charity (CIC) using just leftovers if I want to! Because you almost always have leftovers & those leftovers are usually enough to make a pair of CIC socks!

HoJo said...

The purse is darling. I'm looking forward to carry another one of your designs, Keep 'em comin'!

Oh, how do I like socks? I like socks because they are unexpected to non-knitters. Non-knitters expect to see sweaters, shawls, hats - things that are in their face. Socks are way of really showing your knitting in an underground sort of way.

Anonymous said...

Holy cow! Why do I love socks? They're good for my short attention span, there's lots of yarn made just for socks, it impresses people when I tell them that's what I'm knitting...I could go on and on...

Sockbug

Stricken madchen said...

A fun contest! I love knitting socks for so many reasons. They are easy to take with me and knit anywhere, the yarns out there are so much fun, I can wear crazy sock colors that I would be too shy to wear in any other way, and I can send my sons out in the cold Minnesota weather knowing that they are kept warmer and just have to look at their feet to see how much their Mommy loves them.
I loved the pair of socks I made out of the Disco yarn and have been craving some more of that yarn since then. ;-) And who wouldn't also love extra Opal Yarn? You choose yummy sock yarn!
Michelle
(e-mail - knitter29 at msn dot com

Becky said...

I have just started knitting socks by taking a class using 2 circular needles. I love the variety in stitches and the flexibility in patterns and yarns.

It makes me feel like a real knitter, making something really difficult. And I get to buy lots of neat stuff that doesnt' cost too much.

I love my Denise Interchangeable needles. I have yarn for 5 pairs of socks stashed. I am thrilled to be joining the ranks of sock knitters.

Becky
http://www.moonfrog.com/blog/
rebecca@moonfrog.com

Teri said...

Doesn't everybody love to knit socks? Seriously, although I'm mostly a process knitter, I do like to be able to put my finished items to good use, and socks fit the bill. Plus, it makes me feel clever!

bradyphrenia said...

i adore making handknit socks, because they are a true luxury item that i can actually afford, and there's infinite variation in what you can make--a small way to express a lot of creativity!

knittingnurse said...

A contest! Woopee! Why do I knit socks?

Knitting socks is one of my favorite items to knit. It's so neat the way the heel turns, individualizing the sock to the recipient's foot and then giving the socks. Socks are so fun and to have a pair of hand knit ones, YUMMMMMM!

Plus, the variety of patterns that you can make socks in and the portablility of them makes them the PERFECT on the go knitting projects.

Nicola said...

Great contest! I have lots of reasons I like to knit socks but high up on the list is that I can buy one or two balls of a fabulous (and sometimes even expensive) yarn and have enough to knit a pair of socks.

Mary said...

I like knitting socks because they are quick and allow for plenty of variations. Sock yarns come in so many beautiful colours and you don't need to buy a lot to make a lovely pair of socks. But the main reason I like knitting socks is that handknitted socks are the most comfortable socks in the world and I like being able to give my friends and family a little luxury in their lives!

Carrieoke said...

I love knitting socks because they are SO portable. I can stick them in my purse and pull them out in line at the bank...at the movies...anywhere! As long as my DPNs don't poke anybody where I'm standing, I can knit socks anywhere. :)

Great contest!
Carrie
http://carrieoke.net

Samantha said...

I love contests!. Hmmmm...how much do I love to knit socks? SO much that I knit them whenever possible...at how, in meetings, in class, in the car, waiting in line at the market, EVERYWHERE! I can't not knit socks. I have a pair with me wherever I go!

Oh yeah, and I love Opal yarn!

(technorhetor(@)gmail.com

Cat said...

I began to knit socks after my grannie died last year. She had given me socks for 30 years and i felt it was time to do it on my own. So last october i finished my first pair and i was hooked! So nowdays i knit socks for the family and for my friends and their children.

www.catrinr.blogdrive.com

Laura said...

Contest! Sock yarn! Love it!

I'm pretty new to knitting socks, but I enjoy it basically because it's the opposite of knitting baby blankets. Yarn Harlot said baby blankets are no fun because there are no "parade moments." But when you're knitting a sock, you're always near a "ta-dah!" moment. Especially when you do them toe up, I think!

katie said...

Much love for knitting socks. Portable, quick, and, most importantly, they seem to fit. Can't say the same for the sweaters I've tried to knit!

Cathi said...

Thank you so much for the shot- I do really like it, I'll have to see if any of my LYSes carry it.